The last few weeks have flown by with little to talk about on the golf course, so please excuse the lack of postings.
The cold, dry air has resulted in stalling the turf getting in better shape although ball roll has been good for this time of year due to the lack of precipitation. In the last few weeks most of my time has been dedicated to projects of finalizing the netting that will protect the parking lot and pool areas from errant golf balls originating from the 5th hole, negotiating with irrigation control system suppliers, making improvements to the sewer lift station at the cottage, narrowing down the suppliers for the roofing at the maintenance yard, and teaching a class at the Golf Industry Show.
The Golf Industry Show is the annual trade show and meetings of the allied associations of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, Club Owners Association, Club Builders, and Architects. There are tens of thousands of attendees, hundreds of distributors, and classes ranging from business to agronomics. This year I taught a weather forecasting class. My meteorology degree helps me daily in planning work schedules and applications on the course, and it was a privilege to share that knowledge during a 4 hour class at the GIS. While there I also was able to see the latest innovations and techniques involved in maintaining La Rinconada.
|USGA panel discussion at the GIS|
|The type of structure that will be used in the maintenance yard|
|Mold in the cottage north wall|
So, although there has not been much to talk about on the course, there has been a lot going on. Our current soil temperatures are in the upper 40's, which is cold enough that little growth is occurring, however we are getting warmer and not too far of from 55 degrees which is where we will see growth and better color.